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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • JEWISH RELIEF CAMPAIGN, 1917

G.G. Bain

Merry Christmas: 1913

Merry Christmas: 1913

        One hundred years ago -- yet it seems like just yesterday that we first posted this.

New York, December 1913. "Christmas tree, Madison Square." 8x10 glass negative, G.G. Bain Collection. View full size. Happy holidays from Shorpy!

Radio Daze: 1921

Radio Daze: 1921

Circa 1921 in New York, the British pianist and conductor Ethel Leginska, last seen here. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Basting With Ethel: 1921

Basting With Ethel: 1921

Circa 1921 in New York, the British pianist and conductor Ethel Leginska, who achieved a dubious renown for skipping out on her concert performances, including a memorable non-appearance at Carnegie Hall. Cooking-wise, we'd zap that another 30 seconds on High. 5x7 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Approach With Caution: 1919

Approach With Caution: 1919

New York circa 1919. "Homer." The Metropolitan Opera contralto Louise Homer, aunt of Samuel Barber, and two of her six children with the composer Sidney Homer. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Breakfast with Tiffany?

Breakfast with Tiffany?

New York circa 1922. "Tiffany." The Metropolitan Opera lyric soprano Marie Tiffany. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Danger Lurks: 1908

Danger Lurks: 1908

Cos Cob, Connecticut, circa 1908. "Owanoke Prospector's Camp -- Wyndygoul." Camping on the estate of writer-naturalist Ernest Thompson Seton, a founder of the Boy Scouts of America. Points of interest in this 8x10 glass plate: many trees camouflaging one ambush. Bain News Service. View full size.

 

Fancy Cakes: 1910

Fancy Cakes: 1910

New York circa 1910, somewhere on the Lower East Side. "Bread for the poor." 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 
 
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